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Who Really Runs The Country?

Recent revelations about the power of intelligence agencies, the debate over “fake news” and the general public’s disengagement from party politics, have all raised the question of who really runs a western democracy like Australia. This presentation provides a novel explanation of how power is distributed within a society. [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
Who Really Runs The Country?

Recent revelations about the power of intelligence agencies, the debate over “fake news” and the general public’s disengagement from party politics, have all raised the question of who really runs a

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From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors, humorous pub scenes and life on the seas. Dutch art still has resonance today in our society. With a major Dutch Art Exhibition of over 50 artists from the Rijksmuseum to be shown at the Art Gallery of NSW from November 2017 to February 2018 this series of lectures sets a background.... [More]
$246 Limited inc GST / $¤,221
From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

<p>Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors

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Celtic Treasures

Three superb objects from three Celtic realms – riches from a German warlord’s burial tumulus; a richly embossed silver bowl from Denmark; and the ‘greatest book of the western world’ from Scottish Iona – display in different ways the interplay of power, art and faith in pan-European culture. COURSE OUTLINE Hochdorf Tomb: Dating from about 450 BC and discovered in 1978, the Hochdorf burial mound revealed a rich array of items of local, regional and international origins. Buried... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $¤97
Celtic Treasures

Three superb objects from three Celtic realms – riches from a German warlord’s burial tumulus; a richly embossed silver bowl from Denmark; and the ‘greatest book of the western world’ from Scottish

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Classic Travellers' Tales in Verse and Prose

Focusing on Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, we examine what makes a classic traveller’s tale and how these particular ones came to be written. Students are encouraged to gain some awareness of Heart of Darkness and Huckleberry Finn either through reading the text or viewing a video but a close knowledge of the text is not required. COURSE OUTLINE Othello woos Desdemona with his traveller’s tales. Porotypes of traveller’s tales... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $¤,170
Classic Travellers' Tales in Verse and Prose

<p>Focusing on Coleridge’s <em>Ancient Mariner</em>, Conrad’s <em>Heart of Darkness</em> and Twain’s <em>Huckleberry Finn</em>, we examine what makes a classic traveller’s tale and how these

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Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic: From Unconscious to Conscious Freedom

Few passages in philosophy have influenced the history of the western thought as much as the master-slave dialectic that appears in G.W.F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (1807). Marxism, post colonialism, theology and the existentialist feminism of Simone de Beauvoir. In Hegel’s account, the master gains his freedom by owning a slave as he would otherwise not have leisure. By owning a slave he can define himself as free as opposed to the unfree slave. However, when the slave... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $¤,170
Hegel's Master-Slave Dialectic: From Unconscious to Conscious Freedom

<p>Few passages in philosophy have influenced the history of the western thought as much as the master-slave dialectic that appears in G.W.F. Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit (1807). Marxism, post

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Connections Through Time: The Migrant and The Ship Minerva

On 11 January 1800 the ship Minerva arrived in Australia. On board were normal prisoners, Irish political prisoners, the 102nd Regiment, free settlers, crew and their wives and children. Throughout their time in the Colony, they would continue the connection they forged on board. It was a migrant connection and it set up a pattern we still follow today. This course tells you something about those connections through time. [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Connections Through Time: The Migrant and The Ship Minerva

On 11 January 1800 the ship Minerva arrived in Australia. On board were normal prisoners, Irish political prisoners, the 102nd Regiment, free settlers, crew and their wives and children. Throughout

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Nietzsche: An Introduction

We will undertake a comprehensive introduction Nietzsche’s most famous for his theories: Nihilism; The Eternal Return; Will to Power; Master/ Slave Morality; God is dead; and Free Spirits. We will read selections from Nietzsche’s early, middle and late works; we will see the development of his ideas and grapple with his complex, poetic /philosophical style. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction and Biography: Nietzsche’s life is not incidental to his philosophy. His purpose is to produce a... [More]
$268 Limited inc GST / $¤,241
Nietzsche: An Introduction

<p>We will undertake a comprehensive introduction Nietzsche’s most famous for his theories: Nihilism; The Eternal Return; Will to Power; Master/ Slave Morality; God is dead; and Free Spirits. We will

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